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THANK YOU, MEILING-Family Love, Rules and Manners Children's Book (Life Skills Childrens eBooks Text-Only Version 25) [Kindle Edition]

Linda Talley
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Book Description

For the serious young reader - ages 6-9

This version of THANK YOU, MEILING does not include the illustrations. The text itself carries the story completely...no pictures necessary for the serious young reader. This is a high level reading experience, and the quick turning pages keep the story moving.

If the luminous illustrations are better for your needs, then please click on THANK YOU, MEILING in the Fully Illustrated Version.

THANK YOU, MEILING will help promote courtesy in young readers' daily lives as well as introduce them to Chinese culture.

COURTESY - THINKING OF OTHERS

Visit a Chinese village for lessons in common courtesy.

On the fifteenth day of the eighth lunar month, the Song household will celebrate the Chinese Moon Festival. In preparation for this event, the boy Song Hai sets off on a shopping expedition, accompanied by an ill-mannered duck named Meiling. So begins this story of far-away customs and everyday courtesy.

Song Hai and Meiling visit the bustling town market where eager shoppers buy paper lanterns, fat mooncakes, and baskets of melons, crab apples, grapes, and other fruits that are as round as the big harvest moon.

Meiling learns all about the coming Moon Festival as she follows Song Hai on his special errands. But more important, she learns a thing or two about common courtesy-waiting her turn, saying "please" and "thank you," helping others, and sharing.

Author Linda Talley's whimsical story captures in vivid prose the essence of a small town in southeast China-the narrow residential lanes, the marketplace with its colorful stalls, and the tidy courtyard where Song Hai and his family celebrate the Moon Festival.

As the luminous full moon rises high into the sky on this special night, Meiling enjoys her own festival treat, but not before demonstrating that she has learned her lessons in courtesy. She has learned to "stop and think of others."

A SURPRISE and added bonus is the "Enrichment Information" which includes lots of facts about The People's Republic of China, Chinese Writing and Language, Chinese Names, as well as the Moon Festival, Phases of the Moon, Inhabitants of the Chinese Moon, and best of all, Mooncakes! This is fascinating detail that did not make it into the story itself, but is very rich in interesting description.

A second big plus is the "Letter to Parents and Educators" which includes many relevant questions and comments to facilitate conversation with young readers about the message of the story...the importance of courtesy to others.

So even though on the surface this is just an engaging story for children, it is also truly helpful in a real way.

MAKING THE CASE FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION

If you are tired of bullying, teasing, youth violence, gangs, vandalism, drug abuse, sexual misconduct…

If you are tired of the crisis with our older youth…

If you want to help make a difference one tiny step at a time…

Then this is the eBook for your children ages 6-9.

Read WITH your children, discuss the concept and message…

and know that you are part of the movement sweeping America to bring back our important values by restoring character education in our homes and schools.

(signed) The Thoughtful Parent
JOAN'S eBOOKS LLC

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3-In this didactic tale, a young duck learns about courtesy as she accompanies young Song Hai on shopping errands for his family's Chinese Moon Festival celebration. As the boy buys fruits that are round like the moon, a paper lantern, mooncakes, rose flower incense, a Moon Palace poster, and special tea, Meiling learns about saying "Please" and "Thank you," helping the elderly, sharing, and taking turns. Maeno's large watercolors are a lovely, gentle accompaniment to a text that would be far more appealing as a simple story of a family's celebration, without the superfluous etiquette lessons. The endpapers are decorated with additional paintings and brief paragraphs with information on the Moon Festival and Chinese culture. A useful purchase for libraries in communities where there is great demand for materials on Chinese holidays.-Ginny Gustin, Santa Monica Public Library, CA

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Review

... a truly multicultural educational experience. This is a gentle story that helps teach courtesy to young children, while also giving them information on another culture. --School Library Journal

An outstanding multicultural resource --North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

I have previewed a vast number of guidance-related materials during the last 17 years. Never have I been as excited... You have touched a special spark with your creative, motivating, beautiful stories. --Genie Byrd, counselor, Keheley Elementary School, Marietta, GA

An outstanding multicultural resource --North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

I have previewed a vast number of guidance-related materials during the last 17 years. Never have I been as excited... You have touched a special spark with your creative, motivating, beautiful stories. --Genie Byrd, counselor, Keheley Elementary School, Marietta, GA

An outstanding multicultural resource --North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

I have previewed a vast number of guidance-related materials during the last 17 years. Never have I been as excited... You have touched a special spark with your creative, motivating, beautiful stories. --Genie Byrd, counselor, Keheley Elementary School, Marietta, GA

An outstanding multicultural resource --North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

I have previewed a vast number of guidance-related materials during the last 17 years. Never have I been as excited... You have touched a special spark with your creative, motivating, beautiful stories. --Genie Byrd, counselor, Keheley Elementary School, Marietta, GA

An outstanding multicultural resource --North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

I have previewed a vast number of guidance-related materials during the last 17 years. Never have I been as excited... You have touched a special spark with your creative, motivating, beautiful stories. --Genie Byrd, counselor, Keheley Elementary School, Marietta, GA

Product Details

  • File Size: 158 KB
  • Print Length: 30 pages
  • Publisher: JOAN'S eBOOKS LLC Self-Esteem and Self Respect Publications-MarshMedia (September 25, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044KMNA2
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moon Festival information and sharing lesson all in one. September 23, 2000
Format:Hardcover
I recently read "Thank You Meiling" to my third grade class after reading Amy Tan's, "Moon Lady". The text was easy for them to understand. It blended a story about a duck who needed to learn how to share and information about the Chinese celebration of Moon Festival. It kept their interest and also informed without being just "factual". I am going to purchase a few copies to present as gifts to our daughter's teachers each year during autumn (Moon Festival time).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, wonderful book April 6, 2008
By Lientje
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Once again the School Library Journal has given a negative review to
a book within the Advocacy series by the MarshMedia Press. They phone
this in with every book that is published in the series. However,
there is now over 20 books so someone must be enjoying them and finding
them useful. I am one of those.

I am a collector of children's books, most typically of the picture book
age group. This series is usually for the older end of that age group
and beyond. However, I became attracted to it because I love books
that present the landscape, architecture, and culture of different countries. Each book in this series takes place in a very distinct
locale. Most are from foreign countries, a few are in US cities such as
Boston and New Orleans. There are a few "misses" but most do a wonderful
job of depicting the locale. This book is particularly wonderful at it,
with page after page of a very Chinese setting.

For other users, each book has an ethical/moral reason for being. When I
want to teach my two grandchildren who are in this age group a particular
lesson I tend not to rely on a typical picture book story that may have an
ethic wrapped around it. Sometimes they "get it," sometimes not. These
books point it out and then have pointers for the teachers/parents/readers
to make sure that the child did in fact "get it." If this is didactic,
so be it. It does what it sets out to do. For those interested, teacher-
type guides and multimedia kits are available for each book. I have never
seen them so cannot speak to the effectiveness.

In addition to the moral of the story, there is more information on the
inside covers of the book and the back pages.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great story that talks about a fun holiday and manners November 20, 2011
Format:Hardcover
I was looking for books about the Chinese Lunar/Moon Festival and found this book. It does tell the reader about several of the traditions surrounding the holiday, but more importantly it talks about how to think of others in how you act and how to have good manners. It is presented in a way that Meiling, a duck, learns by following the boy in the family of the house where he lives. The duck is observant and the boy he follows is a good child, although in the end they both teach each other. The artwork is very well done and the decorations for the holiday are fun to see among the pages. I read this to my seven year old and he liked the story and we discussed what the duck learned after we finished the story. I'd recommend this to anyone trying to find some info about the holiday for children and as a general picture book with some nice lessons regarding thinking about others particularly children ages 4 to 8 years old. I am really happy we came across this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! November 23, 2012
By Morgans
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book series is really well done and teaches valuable lessons! I am happy to have gotten this book when it was free because I couldn't have paid the asking price. I am very glad I was able to get it though!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous illustrations, beautiful story :-) August 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Gorgeous illustrations and beautiful story. :-) Love the additional information at the end too. Beautiful book! There were just two instances where it was difficult to make out the text as in the digital version, the text seems printed over itself. Here are the sentences in question (XXX being the words that are difficult to decipher):

1) "The moon will look XXXXXX time of the year. Now is the time when we celebrate...." and

2) "The family sits outdoors, enjoying a special XXXXXXX make its way high into the sky, the Old One...."

Hope this helps. :-) This was a free download, thank you. :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story for children - gift for teacher February 3, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My children have the privilege of learning Mandarin in school, as a kindergartner and second grader - and for Christmas, we purchased this book for their teacher. It is a great story on Chinese traditions, and very enjoyable to read for her class. She loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Manners make the world go round. July 11, 2013
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A very sweet and needed story. We have raised ducks before, the pictures were very realistic. 5 stars for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning virtues from a duck July 10, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This beautifully illustrated tale shows children how to interact with family members and the community respectfully. I liked the discussion questions at the end to facilitate conversations about showing respect and using manners. It was also nice to learn about Chinese culture and to have a list of other books on topics of children's social issues and virtues.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Great kids book got on my iPad for my grandchildren. The love it over and over. Great book for little ones
Published 17 months ago by stitchingpam
5.0 out of 5 stars Gentle art of teaching
My daughter really enjoyed how this duck learns lessons. Such a wonderful way, and we love the Chinese cultural lessons included. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Manners Book with Endearing Illustrations and Storyline
There was a hushed feeling as I read this book to three of my children, that's how cozy we all felt as we followed Meiling throughout her day. Read more
Published 18 months ago by The Kindle Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Endearing illustrations and wise and well-written story
In a small village in China, Meiling the duck learns courtesy and manners the day before Moon Festival.

I read this aloud to my 4, 7 and 10 year old and we loved it!! Read more
Published 18 months ago by Ms. Charmin
5.0 out of 5 stars thanks
Thanks!!! nice doing business! On time - product was cool!! thank you , thank you, thank you!!!
til next time! thanks again!
Published 20 months ago by drd
5.0 out of 5 stars My first ebook. Wonderful!!!
Loved it. The illustrations were beautiful and I like the emphasis on manners and helping others. I also liked the discussion ideas at the end and the extra materials.
Published 22 months ago by lynn arrington
4.0 out of 5 stars liked it
this is a good book for kids we enjoyed it. it was easy to down load and worked great no problems with it
Published 22 months ago by raquel ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Adorable
Awesome. i love reading this to old people that have enjoyed olk folktales about human eating ducks who have converted into dragons. amen.
Published on October 15, 2012 by Cute
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